For Thou Art with Me

“I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4)

Remember the context of this verse: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”

The most important phrase in the verse for today is, “For you are with me.”

There is a reason why the psalmist has no fear even though he finds himself in the very depths of the valley of the shadow of death.

“For you are with me.”

You see, even with mere mortals, we receive comfort from one another in the midst of struggle and adversity. Companionship is comfort and strength in the midst of suffering.

“For you are with me.”

Who the “you” is makes all the difference in the world.

God forbid, but if one found themselves in trouble in North Korea, you can certainly take comfort from another in a North Korean jail or concentration camp. But what happens if the “you” who is with you is the dictator Kim Jong Un? What if he was the one who was with you – not just present in the same space as you, but truly “with” you, for you? That guy is above the law in North Korea. He is the law. Now if that guy was with you, for you, that would make all the difference in the world.

Ok. I get it. A dictator is a terrible illustration. But, the thing is the God who is our shepherd is above all.

“For GOD is WITH me.”

Not only is the Good Shepherd your God, but the Good Shepherd is WITH you. Your Good Shepherd who is above all, the LORD of lords, the KING of kings in WITH YOU.

  • Your God wants what is best for you
  • Your God knows what is best for you
  • Your God loves you.

That’s the reason why the psalmist fears no evil even in the very midst of the valley of the shadow of death. Because, GOD is WITH him.

Just as God is with the psalmist, so God is with you.

“For you are with me.”

Now, that’s great news.

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